Middle Eastern Food (Qatar)

By: Zachary Zellak

Demographics, Cultural Information, & Political Information

Qatari people

$239,016 avg. income

Summer is dry with intense heat as high as 104˚F daily

Winter is cool with rainfall.

Spring and Fall are warm with a dry but pleasant climate. 77ºF-95ºF

2,611,000mill Tourists

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Food:

Qatari Machbous

Rice, meat, onions, and tomatoes mixed with spices. This dish is the local variation of kabasa

Balaleet

Noodles cooked with sugar, cinnamon, saffron, and cardamom. There is often an omelet on top.

Ghuzi

Whole roast lamb served over nutty rice.

Drinks:

Arabic Coffee

Coffee brewed from dark roast coffee beans spiced with cardamom. It is often sweetened and/or served with dates.

Qahwa Helw

A.K.A. "Qatari coffee" or "sweet coffee", is a bright orange mixture with cardamom, saffron, and sugar. It can also be served with milk.

Mint Lemon Cocktail

A refreshing drink flavored with mint and lemon.

Folk Music:

Each song, varying in rhythm, would narrate a different activity of the pearling trip, including spreading the sails, diving, and rowing the ships. Collective singing was an integral part of each pearling trip, and each ship had a designated singer, known locally as al naham. Singing was used to encourage crew members to work harder during the pearling drip, in addition to providing entertainment while they were resting.

Facts:

  1. Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022 for which it will build nine eco-friendly iconic stadiums, some of which will be able to host upto 80,000 people.

  2. December 18 is the Qatar National Day. Some of its other annual national holidays are Qatar National Sport Day celebrated on the second Tuesday of February. As it is primarily an Islamic country, Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha are the festive occasions.

  3. Arabic is the national language of Qatar but due to a large expatriate population that resides here, English, Urdu, French, Malayalam and Tagalog are also widely used.

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Government:

Constitutional Monarchy

History:

1939 - Oil reserves discovered. Exploitation is delayed by World War II, but oil comes to replace pearling and fishing as Qatar's main source of revenue.

1971 - Qatar becomes independent on 3 September.

2000 February - A cousin of the emir and 32 other people are jailed for life for planning a foiled coup in 1996.

2001 March - Qatar settles long-running border disputes with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

Historical Event:

In January 1940 (now 70 years ago), with the discovery of the onshore Dukhan oil field, Qatar joined the Middle East’s oil club. In 1960 (50 years ago), Qatar’s first offshore field was discovered. Today, this country, smaller than the state of Connecticut, possesses the world’s third largest gas reserves, and about 25 billion barrels of oil.

Famous People:

1. Abdullah Ahmad Hassen- Olympic Long-Distance runner

2. Mohammed Al-Modiahki- First ever Qatari chess grandmaster

3.Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani- Present Prime Minister of Qatar

Tourist Attractions:

Museum of Islamic Art

Qatar National Museum

Villaggio Mall

Overview:

Food:

Qatar is an exceptional place to illustrate all types of Gulf and Middle Eastern cuisine, as well as Iranian and Turkish. For the reason that the workday starts in the early hours, breakfast is frequently served at about six o’clock ante meridian. It is easy, made of olives, cheese, yoghurt and coffee. But lunch is the main meal of the day. People eat after one o’clock post meridian; lunch regularly begins with appetizers, followed by fish or Lamb stew, salads, cooked vegetables, bread and fruit. Dinner is served late in the evening and is more often than not light, with the exception of Ramadan and on particular occasions.

Agriculture:

Agriculture in Qatar is inherently limited in scope due to the harsh climate and lack of arable land In spite of this, small-scale farming, nomadic herding, and fishing were the predominant means of subsistence in the region prior to the 20th century. Sea-based activities such as pearling and fishing served as the primary sources of income for Qataris until the commencement of oil drilling in 1939.

Livestock:

Livestock, including sheep, goats, cattle, camel, and poultry, are an important component of food consumption in Qatar. The main constraints to livestock production are Qatar's limited land and water resources as well as climatic conditions. By the end of 2007, Qatar supplied less than 4% of its cattle, 7% of its sheep, 8% of its poultry and 6% of its fresh liquid milk from domestic sources.

Natural Exports:

The biggest exporters of natural gas and the biggest exporter of liquid gas

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